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Joy in the Simple Things

I have the privilege of working with the pre-school class at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center for Women & Families. I love coming into the classroom where I am greeted with waving hands and smiling faces saying, "Hello, Miss Abigail.” Every morning is the same rhythm: eat snack, have the daily lesson, play at the educational centers in the classrooms, go outside, eat lunch and naptime. Often times the same routine can become boring, but for three and four year olds it is a rhythm that is an important life lesson in learning stability.

Mission Year Students at Star of Hope Mission

Reflecting on the day in the life of a pre-schooler, I am reminded of the daily rhythm in my own life and what that means working at Star of Hope. Besides working with the kids I also help with the clothing room, front desk, and in the kitchen. These things aren’t glamorous, but they are necessary from day to day to help others build a better life. Part of being human is the desire to do great things always, feeling like you always have to be busy doing every moment of every day. However, what I’m learning is the practicality of life not always being a time of adventure.

Seeing those pre-schoolers practice the same thing day in and day out, reminds me of the importance of consistency in a child’s and adult’s daily life. Practicing little tasks every day with consistency creates cohesion and peace. . . a knowledge that these are the important things in life. In regarding the simple things as important, I’ve come a little bit closer to the stability in which God intends for us to live, looking to Him for consistency and joy every day.

Abigail Bartlett
Mission Year Student

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Comments for Joy in the Simple Things


Name: Carole Sconfitto
Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wow! So inspirational! Thank you Abigail!

Name: nick iacoviello
Time: Thursday, July 18, 2013

God bless and keep you for all you do. :)

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